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Genre: Scrolling shoot 'em up

Group Description

The genre commonly referred to as "shoot 'em up" (often abbreviated to shmup) has originated with the fixed-screen top-down shooter Space Invaders (1978). This group, however, includes only scrolling (horizontally, vertically, in an isometric or 3D fashion) shooters. In these games, the player controls a character (most commonly an aircraft) that must defend himself against large amounts of enemies by shooting at them. This style of game is generally agreed to have originated with Konami's Scramble (1981) and Namco's Xevious (1982). The player is able to control the character's movement in at least two (more commonly four) directions; however, the forward motion is also determined by the speed of the scrolling. Besides shooting at enemies, the player is also commonly engaged in collecting power-ups, which typically enhance the character's weapons or defense.

Limitations:
In order to be included in this group, the shooter should answer the two main conditions: scrolling environments and free movement in at least two directions: vertical in side-scrolling games, horizontal in top-down ones. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. Side-scrolling shooters in which the playable character is restricted in his movements (i.e. is unable to sustain himself in the air for a prolonged period of time, having to jump over obstacles or platforms to proceed, etc.) should be excluded as well.

Related groups:
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Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer (Limited Edition)2007PlayStation 3, Windowseastasiasoft3.67
Sol-Feace1990Genesis, SEGA CD, Sharp X68000Renovation Products, Inc.3.80
Sonic Princess2001WindowsSoftware House Parsley...
Sonic Wings Special1996Android, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.00
Space Invaders Infinity Gene2008Android, BREW, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.94
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc.5.00
Space Megaforce1992SNESToho Co.,Ltd.3.82
Space Shooter: Alpha Impact2003Windowsbhv Software GmbH & Co. KG2.60
Space Strike2007WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Space Strike1982PC BooterDatamost, Inc.3.00
Sphera1990SAM CoupĂ©Enigma Variations Ltd.4.00
Spinworld1988AmigaAxxiom...
Spriggan Mark 21992TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft2.33
Sqoon1986NESIrem Corp.2.80
Star Blaster1982Apple IIPiccadilly Software Inc.3.50
Star Blaze2005WindowsGladiators Software...
Star Blazer1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, MSX, VIC-20Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.47
Star Force1984Arcade, MSX, NES, SG-1000, Sharp X68000, WiiTecmo, Inc.3.64
Stargate1981Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, NES, Palm OS, PC BooterAtari Corporation3.71
Stargunner1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.73
Star Monkey2001WindowsSmall Rockets4.33
Star Parodier1992TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.31
Starship Hector1987NESHudson Soft USA, Inc....
Star Soldier1986Game Boy Advance, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.27
Star Soldier2005PSPHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Star Parodier Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Star Parodier
Star Soldier PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Star Soldier
Star Force NES Front Cover
Front cover for Star Force
Star Soldier NES Front Cover
Front cover for Star Soldier
Stargunner DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stargunner

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Star Parodier
Title screen (Japan)
Screenshot from Star Soldier
Title screen
Screenshot from Star Force
Title screen
Screenshot from Star Soldier
Intro sequence
Screenshot from Stargunner